What Vehicles Are Covered Under The Lemon Law?
The new law protects a consumer whose new motor vehicle has a defect or condition that impairs the use or value of the new motor vehicle to the consumer. Each consumer will have his or her own opinion whether the defect or condition meets this level of impairment. The important part is that the defect or condition must be measured from the point of view of the individual consumer, not the manufacturer or dealer. Clearly an engine, transmission, brake or steering defect may meet this level of impairment. However, a persistent intermittent defect, such as a water leak, noxious odor, or paint problem may also be a defect or condition entitling the consumer to relief under the Lemon Law.
The following table summarizes what is covered, how many times the vehicle has to be repaired for the same defect and the warranty period.
|Vehicles Covered||Repair Interval and Coverage Period|
|Any new car, van or truck bought by a resident of Michigan for personal or family use.||4 repair attempts or 30 business days out of service|
|Warranty period or 1 year.|
The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.
Additional Lemon Law Articles
- How Many Chances Does The Manufacturer Or New Motor Vehicle Dealer Have To Repair The Problem?
- Must The Buyer Or Lessee Attempt To Repair The Same Defect Or Condition Within A Certain Period Of Time?
- Does The Buyer Or Lessee Have The Option Of Requesting A Refund Or Replacement Vehicle?
- I Think I Have A Defective Motor Vehicle. What Do I Do Now?
- After My Last Chance Letter, How Long Does The Manufacturer Have To Repair My Vehicle?
- Must The Buyer Or Lessee Resort To The Manufacturer's Arbitration Procedure Before Filing A Claim In The Court System To Pursue
- If I Go Through Mediation, Is The Decision Binding On Me?
- If I Decide To Sue The Manufacturer, When Must The Lawsuit Be Started?
- If I Win In Court, Can Attorney Fees Also Be Recovered?
- If I Want A Refund, What Is Included In The Purchase Or Lease Price?
- Can The Manufacturer Deduct An Amount For The Use Of The Vehicle Prior To Its Return?
- If The Buyer Or Lessee Does Not Meet The Lemon Law Requirements, Do They Have Any Other Remedies Under State And Federal Law?
- Can The Manufacturer Or Dealer Cause Buyers To Waive Their Rights Under The Lemon Law By Use Of A Contract Clause:
- Where Can I Get More Information About The Lemon Law?